COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 and its variants continue to impact communities across our country and the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all Americans age 5 and older, with few exceptions, be vaccinated against the virus. Read the CDC's latest guidance.

Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccine availability and distribution in our area →

Latest Information on COVID-19 Precautions

The safety of our patients and staff has always been and remains our top priority. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have implemented extraordinary measures and additional protocols, including mandatory masking in our facilities, to help ensure a safe and clean environment for our patients, physicians, staff and community. We continue to actively monitor and respond to all recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the Aiken County Health Department.

Thank you for entrusting your care with us. When you or your loved ones need services, know that we are here … safe, trusted and ready to deliver a superior healthcare experience.

Emergency Department – Do Not Delay in Seeking Critical Care

Our Emergency Department (ED) is staffed 24/7 to serve those with emergency medical conditions. Individuals experiencing serious injuries or medical symptoms such as chest pain, numbness, difficulty breathing or mental confusion should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. It could save your life.

Our rooms are private and we have an additional layer of protection with the utilization of UV light technology that kills germs once a room is unoccupied. Curtains and doors are kept closed and patients are separated based on symptoms.

Individuals Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

Get the most up-to-date list of COVID-19 symptoms from the CDC →

Please contact your healthcare provider for any symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, numbness, difficulty breathing or mental confusion, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

Telehealth

For your convenience and safety, virtual visits via Telehealth technology are available to address many non-emergency health concerns. Virtual visits allow you to speak with a healthcare provider using a phone, tablet or computer from the comfort of your own home.

LIMITED VISITATION — Be an Advocate for Your Loved One’s Care

As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in our community, beginning Wednesday, September 14, visitors to any Aiken Regional Medical Centers facility will be required to follow these visitation guidelines.

  • We require all individuals wear a medical-grade mask while in our facilities, regardless of having received the COVID-19 vaccine. Face coverings should be properly worn, covering the nose and mouth while in the facility. As a reminder, neck huggers/gaiters, bandanas and cloth masks are not approved coverings.
  • Visitors must be at least 12 years of age. An exception may be made if patient is at the end of life.
  • Inpatient/Emergency Department:
    • Visitors are required to check-in and receive a visitor's badge.
    • Two visitors are permitted at a time, which includes a support person. However, there is no limit to the number of visitors a patient may receive in a day.
    • Two visitors or support people are permitted per inpatient between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Visitors should enter and exit through the hospital’s main lobby.
    • Support people may stay overnight and should enter and exit through the Emergency Department after hours (9 p.m. – 9 a.m.).
    • Patients on isolation precautions are permitted one support person per day. Proper PPE must be worn at all times while visiting.
  • Women's LifeCare Center:
    • Diagnostic Testing: One support person is permitted for diagnostic testing.
    • Labor & Delivery: A new mother is permitted two support people at a time between 9 a.m and 9 p.m., and one support person is permitted to stay overnight.
    • Postpartum: A support person and a visitor are permitted per patient between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Outpatient (appointments/testing/surgery): Two visitors are permitted at a time.
  • Pediatric: Two parents/guardians are permitted to accompany the patient throughout the entire treatment.
  • Behavioral health: Visitors will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services at 803-641-5900 with questions related to your circumstance.

Please do not visit if you are not feeling well.

*Please note: We reserve the right to decline a visitor and our visitation policy may be subject to change without notice to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Thank you for your cooperation and for being an advocate for the health and care of your loved ones and all hospitalized patients

How to Properly Select and Wear a Mask

The CDC has specific guidelines on how to select the proper mask for you and how to wear it safely.

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